Roland KC-110 Reviews4.5/5.0 based on 5 customer reviews
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from Riverside, CA
June 17, 2011Music Background:
Ex pro, now do it for hobby.
Don't hesitateWhat can I say? For the money this is just a bargain, as well as intended use (street gigging with MIDI accordion) ended up using it as another music player and for BBQ's etc. packs a real surprising punch and I've only used it on batteries!
Previously I had the street cube which I thought was a little 'nasally' in sound, but this one is much better. I think the street cube is probably more orientated to guitars but this little chap sounds good with every input thrown at it so far! :-)
Believe me, for the money I don't think it can be beaten, It's one of those pieces of gear that you'll have for years as opposed to other stuff that gets swapped and changed.
from Annandale, NJ
March 29, 2011Music Background:
Gigging classical guitarist
Excellent for battery powered gigs!I am a gigging classical guitarist. I don't play large rooms - mostly smaller venues for receptions and parties and sometimes at outdoor events. I've learned, over the years, that it's in my best interest to keep my set up quick and easy. I used to bother with a PA speaker and a mixer and external mic. What a hassle. The set up that I've used for the past, two years is this: Sony ECM-44 lav mic clipped on to the edge of the soundhole (inside the guitar - treble side - pointing down toward the bridge) into a Fishman Pro-EQ Platinum preamp. From the Fishman I output to a Roland KC110 on a speaker stand (not a mic stand, as incorrectly stated in the product description).
The results are excellent. It's an all battery powered set up. The Fishman takes a 9v and the KC110 takes 8AA. The Sony lav mic takes 1AA. Not only is the sound clear and natural, the whole thing sets up and breaks down in less than 10 minutes. And because it's battery powered, I can set up wherever I'd like (in the shade, for instance, outdoors). I'm not tethered to an outlet.
With the AA batteries, the KC110 will output at 20 watts max. And so I keep the channel gain and master volume at 100% and control my volume from the Fishman preamp. With the unit up on a speaker stand, it is clearly audible above civilized chit-chat at well dressed affairs. It couldn't compete with a rowdy bar crowd, however. Use it accordingly. I use reverb sparingly. At about 25% applied, I find it to be pleasant sounding.
Bear in mind that you'll need a speaker stand with a 1 1/2" inch diameter. If you have a speaker stand with a 1 3/8" diameter you'll need an adapter.
Another nice feature of this unit is the mic input on Channel 1. It's not phantom powered and so you'll need to use a dynamic mic. I highly recommend the Shure PG48. It has an on/off switch and comes with an XLR-XLR cable. Useful for those situations when I need to make an announcement while playing.
Oh, yes: I almost forgot! The unit also has auxiliary inputs (RCA and mini) so that I can plug in my iPod to keep music going during breaks.
The whole shebang is only around 10lbs and has a solid feel (wooden cabinet) to it to with a metal grille in front. Tough stuff. As opposed to the BA330 which is 20lbs heavier and looks more fragile (and is $200 more - for what, exactly?).
This one's a winner, kids. Now go make some music!
Saxyguy in Florida
from Destin, FL
May 9, 2013Music Background:
BS in music and "weekend warrior"
Great Little Amp!Bought this amp to use on the beach for backing tracks and to put a little reverb on my sax. It does a great job! I patch my tracks into the RCA jacks and my sax through channel 1 - reverb is versatile and very usable..adds a nice character to my sound. Overall, a very nice piece of gear. Would like to have had one with a bit more power but this one still works great for me and is very lightweight and stylish. Also love the stand mount! Thanks Roland and Sweetwater!
from Chesapeake Virginia
December 26, 2012Music Background:
Musician and professional gear buyer...just ask my wife!
KC 110The K in KC stands for kickin!!! Does everything as advertised. I use it as my keyboard monitor placed on the floor tucked nicely under my stands. Can't believe how light it is!
from Dallas TX
December 30, 2011Music Background:
Great Little AmpPleasantly surprized at the compactness/power of this little beauty.It's great for small to medium clubs with enough volume for the job.I use it with my WK7500 and can carry one in each hand.I could use some advice on KC-110 tone for a natural piano sound (A01 Stereo Grand Piano).